Victor Lindelof desperate for Sweden to avoid UEFA Nations League relegation
England suffered relegation from UEFA Nations League A to League B on Friday after a defeat to Italy.
While this has prompted plenty of criticism for England, the situation Sweden find themselves in is far worse.
Sweden’s 4-1 loss to Serbia sees them rank bottom of their group in League B, and they now must beat Slovenia this week or be relegated to League C.
League C would see Sweden compete with the likes of Lithuania, Luxembourg and Faroe Islands, a fate that Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof is desperate to avoid.
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Lindelof desperate to avoid relegation
Sweden have now lost four straight games and seven of their last nine, and did not qualify for World Cup.
United defender Lindelof acknowledges the dire situation Sweden find themselves in ahead of their match with Slovenia this week.
He told Fotboll Skanalen: “Extremely important match. I hope everyone can recharge properly and prepare for that match. In any case, I will be 100 percent ready because there is no chance that I want to play the C division.
“It has sucked. There is nothing else to say. There is no chance that Sweden will play in a C group. Hopefully that won’t happen. But it’s up to us to go out and perform.
“It’s not good enough. We are in a bad period and then it is only up to us to try to work harder and keep it together.”
Lindelof has not played much this season for United, but knows there are plenty of eyes on him for Sweden where he is the national team captain.
United teammate Anthony Elanga was a 64th minute substitute and says he hopes to start the upcoming fixture.
Elanga told Fotboll Skanalen: “Any player who doesn’t start will be disappointed. But we can’t control that. It is up to the leaders to decide.
“We players have to focus on what we can do when we get the chance to get on the field. Everyone wants to start, but now I focus on hopefully getting to start on Tuesday. It’s a game we have to win.”
From a United perspective it would be better for both players to return to Carrington in good spirits. Sweden have home advantage over Slovenia in Tuesday’s match and have to win, knowing a draw won’t be enough to avoid relegation.